E3 2021 - Will Splinter Cell Be At The Ubisoft Forward Showcase?

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell hasn't had a new title since Blacklist in 2013!

We think it’s time, don’t you? Fans of Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell series haven’t received a new title since Splinter Cell Blacklist was released back in 2013. With E3 2021 right around the corner, and Ubisoft confirmed to be attending, could we finally receive an announcement regarding a new Splinter Cell game?

It’s been a long road for Splinter Cell fans since 2013, with various rumours circulating surrounding a new game. DualShockers have put all the information we have surrounding a new Splinter Cell game, including the possibility of an announcement at this years E3.

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Splinter Cell Blacklist | World Premiere Trailer [NORTH AMERICA]

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New Splinter Cell – Leaks, Rumours, and Speculation

Even though fans have had 8 years since the previous Splinter Cell title, there aren’t as many rumours and leaks as you’d expect in that amount of time.

However, there have been multiple incidents over the years that have given fans hope of a possible new Splinter Cell game.

The most notable incident being just last year, in 2020, when the Italian voice actor for Sam Fisher, Luca Ward, gave an interview with multiplayer.it. During the interview, Ward said “There is this return of Splinter Cell that should happen I think for a final episode, but I’m not sure about this, however. they still haven’t quite figured out whether to do it in 2021. First, it had to be 2020, then what happened happened and in 2020 several big projects got stuck”.

Of course, Ward is referencing the COVID-19 pandemic that began at the start of 2020 and forced various projects to be delayed.

Our next bit of hope for a new Splinter Cell title comes from the fact that the creative director for previous Splinter Cell games, Maxime Beland, recently returned to Ubisoft. This information is according to a report from VGC back at the beginning of 2020.

Beland was the creative director for Splinter Cell: Conviction and the most recent, Splinter Cell: Blacklist. Now, this doesn’t necessarily mean that Beland’s return to Ubisoft automatically means a new Splinter Cell title is in the works, but it definitely helps the dream stay alive.

It’s also clear that Ubisoft haven’t outright forgotten about Sam Fisher or the Splinter Cell series in general. In an update to Rainbow Six Siege, one of Ubisoft’s most popular competitive shooters, Sam Fisher was added as playable operator.

Of course, with Ubisoft owning both titles, they can do what they want with character crossovers. But, we like to pretend it’s a tiny teaser for an upcoming Splinter Cell announcement.

Considering Sam Fisher is reportedly 63 years old in his Rainbow Six Siege appearance, it could be a sign that fans will receive a much older version of Fisher in a possible Splinter Cell finale.

That’s also not the only cameo appearance from Sam Fisher, he also appeared in Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad mobile game. But quite frankly, we’re not sure if anybody even plays it?

Will Splinter Cell Be At E3 2021?

So, taking into account all of the information mentioned above, could we receive some Splinter Cell news at E3 2021?

As sad as it makes us, we think it’s unlikely. Ubisoft currently has too many big games in the works that will likely take centre stage at their Ubisoft Forward event. With Far Cry 6, Beyond Good and Evil 2, and Rainbow Six Quarantine rumoured to be Ubisoft’s stars of the show, it’s unlikely we see anything related to Splinter Cell.

However, we think if anything Splinter Cell related does appear at the Ubisoft Forward event, it will likely be an announcement that a new game is coming at some point in the future. Quite frankly, just the acknowledgement that a new Splinter Cell game is being worked on would be enough for us.

Make sure to tune in to the Ubisoft Forward event at E3 2021 on June 12, 12PM PT.

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Kyle Knight

Kyle is a Film and TV graduate from Coventry. He's a PC enthusiast with a not so enthusiastic PC and is all about triple-A titles!

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